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I often see posts for gaming PC's which are fantastically spec'ed and have prices to go wit hit. i am looking for a low end budget machine which i can play games like battlefield (4, the new one and …
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
I often see posts for gaming PC's which are fantastically spec'ed and have prices to go wit hit.
i am looking for a low end budget machine which i can play games like battlefield (4, the new one and newer offerings) on a half decent quality without breaking the bank.
I use a LG 2343 monitor which is 23 inch and max resolution is 1920x1080 - so thats the resolution i would play games at or lower.
im not looking for top end settings, i would be playing with a control pad, not keyboard.
I have a xbox360, but rarely use it as its connected to the main tv and i cant be bothered to move it to the PC screen. but thats the kind of quality i am used to.
Could someone please help with the sort of spec that would suit me? also would want low power, low noise.

My current PC also has windows 10 and office - can i somehow reinstall and retain the licences?
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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I would be happy to help you discover what you need. but its more of a in depth conversation then a few words.

Are you not able to upgrade your current pc with a simple graphics card to get what you desire?

Also your windows licenses is it OEM if thats the case its bound to the motherboard it is installed on. But in terms of graphics cards I'd suggest from 750ti Zotac, which draws all its power from the PCI-E slot on the motherboard. It's pretty quite to maybe one of the newer RX series cards( More the RX 460 in this case) Because they use a new chipset which uses less power for more performance these may be the best option if you don't mind spending a little bit more in your budget. Sadly the new nvidia series is always the premium price but i can't advise you on that series because they're certainly not a budget option.

(Also slight edit)

As for CPU Intel is vastly the better option there is some fantastic I3's out there that will offer console performance. Amd is great value, But sadly don't meet your needs of low power consumption and are often hard to keep cool later in life. I personally went via the AMD route i'm a sucker for good value, But as for performance and energy consumption I'd go for a I3 With high reviews. if they're too pricey the FX 6350 or 6300 is fantastic Price to performance. That paired with something like 750ti or higher will offer a good performance.


Edited By: Kintsune on Oct 09, 2016 21:40: Adding more info
#2
Skull canyon nuc!
#3
Kintsune
I would be happy to help you discover what you need. but its more of a in depth conversation then a few words.
Are you not able to upgrade your current pc with a simple graphics card to get what you desire?
Also your windows licenses is it OEM if thats the case its bound to the motherboard it is installed on. But in terms of graphics cards I'd suggest from 750ti Zotac, which draws all its power from the PCI-E slot on the motherboard. It's pretty quite to maybe one of the newer RX series cards( More the RX 460 in this case) Because they use a new chipset which uses less power for more performance these may be the best option if you don't mind spending a little bit more in your budget. Sadly the new nvidia series is always the premium price but i can't advise you on that series because they're certainly not a budget option.
(Also slight edit)
As for CPU Intel is vastly the better option there is some fantastic I3's out there that will offer console performance. Amd is great value, But sadly don't meet your needs of low power consumption and are often hard to keep cool later in life. I personally went via the AMD route i'm a sucker for good value, But as for performance and energy consumption I'd go for a I3 With high reviews. if they're too pricey the FX 6350 or 6300 is fantastic Price to performance. That paired with something like 750ti or higher will offer a good performance.

Thank you for the i ndepth reply , i dont believe the current pc will take a graphics card, its a small box, Acer aspire Xc-105. im sure i looked into graphics cards for it, the pc is grate for web browsing and non resurce hungry apps, but my son plays lego games like marvel and i can see the framerate suffers on that. (only slightly though, so maybe i should look again at some upgrades

I think i got windows 7 oem from the internet, and then i upgraded to windows 10.not sure if i ever received an activation key or if that just activated itself?
#4
Boom123
Skull canyon nuc!
thats a bit over budget im afraid, looks a bit overkill for me also. surely there are PCs from around 2 or so years ago that the spec was grate back then, maybe not so good now but are cheaper and suit my needs?
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t3rm3y
Boom123
Skull canyon nuc!
thats a bit over budget im afraid, looks a bit overkill for me also. surely there are PCs from around 2 or so years ago that the spec was grate back then, maybe not so good now but are cheaper and suit my needs?

Whats your budget?
#6
t3rm3y
Kintsune
I would be happy to help you discover what you need. but its more of a in depth conversation then a few words.
Are you not able to upgrade your current pc with a simple graphics card to get what you desire?
Also your windows licenses is it OEM if thats the case its bound to the motherboard it is installed on. But in terms of graphics cards I'd suggest from 750ti Zotac, which draws all its power from the PCI-E slot on the motherboard. It's pretty quite to maybe one of the newer RX series cards( More the RX 460 in this case) Because they use a new chipset which uses less power for more performance these may be the best option if you don't mind spending a little bit more in your budget. Sadly the new nvidia series is always the premium price but i can't advise you on that series because they're certainly not a budget option.
(Also slight edit)
As for CPU Intel is vastly the better option there is some fantastic I3's out there that will offer console performance. Amd is great value, But sadly don't meet your needs of low power consumption and are often hard to keep cool later in life. I personally went via the AMD route i'm a sucker for good value, But as for performance and energy consumption I'd go for a I3 With high reviews. if they're too pricey the FX 6350 or 6300 is fantastic Price to performance. That paired with something like 750ti or higher will offer a good performance.
Thank you for the i ndepth reply , i dont believe the current pc will take a graphics card, its a small box, Acer aspire Xc-105. im sure i looked into graphics cards for it, the pc is grate for web browsing and non resurce hungry apps, but my son plays lego games like marvel and i can see the framerate suffers on that. (only slightly though, so maybe i should look again at some upgrades
I think i got windows 7 oem from the internet, and then i upgraded to windows 10.not sure if i ever received an activation key or if that just activated itself?

You'd be surprised what can take a graphics card. If you can find the model of your motherboard i could find out for you. Or if its easier just open the side panel of the thing. and see if you have anything that looks like a PCI-E. If it is oem its bound to the board. and sadly a new rig would mean another windows. But, if you're smart about it you can get a cd key from places like cdkey.com for around 10£

But if you want help parting together a new build feel free to ask and ill suggest whatever i can.

Also you could make a basic gaming rig for around 350£ with out monitors and what not.

*Edit* After googling Acer aspire Xc-105 motherboard i found this http://www.craigbates.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2013-12-28-14h41m37.jpg i believe this is your motherboard if im not mistaken.

There is a PCIE slot in black at the bottom. But it doesn't look like a whole bunch of room down there. If you can find a graphics card that will comfortably fit this size. then fantastic news sir, But if thats as small as it looks. New rig time sir.


Edited By: Kintsune on Oct 10, 2016 01:04: .
#7
thanks again. I'll have a look a graphics card to fit in.
#8
I am going to try a graphics card. Was looking at a best seller on amazon-its only cheap so not expecting fantastic results but not willing to spend big. Is this a good starting point? Willnit allow me to play battlefield 4 as a test game do you think?
XFX HD-545X-ZCH2 Graphics Card (ATI Radeon HD 5450 1 GB PCI-E GDDR3 Memory DVI HDMI 1 GPU)

Edited By: t3rm3y on Oct 15, 2016 22:42

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